Arts and Culture

Analysing a film I haven’t seen
Analysing a film I haven’t seen
In times like these, as we watch the slow grinding down of civilisation into a neofeudalist wasteland of trash-adorned barbed wire fences, rising...
Children’s theatre festival cradled creativity and encouraged empathy
Children’s theatre festival cradled creativity and encouraged empathy
In the history of South African theatre, you will be hard-pressed to find any plays for children that have become part of our story in the way that...
The politics of Wonder Woman
The politics of Wonder Woman
My working title for this review was “White woman tries to reconcile Wonder Woman with intersectional feminism”, so if you want a straight-up...
Jazz artists follow in Tshabangu’s Footprints
Jazz artists follow in Tshabangu’s Footprints
Andrew Tshabangu moved his solo exhibition, Footprints, from a gallery space and employed the intuition of jazz to expand its meaning and...
Apartheid spy Williamson’s dark heart exposed
Apartheid spy Williamson’s dark heart exposed
One can judge a book’s bleakness by the photograph on its cover. The Mephistophelean figure holding a teacup is Craig Williamson: police...
International Jazz Extravaganza: memorable shows, haphazard production
International Jazz Extravaganza: memorable shows, haphazard production
International Jazz Extravaganza chief executive Sindile Xulu loves to differentiate between the terms “extravaganza” and “festival”. At a...
​At the heart of cultural appropriation
​At the heart of cultural appropriation
Last Sunday, at the egging on of my partner, we walked into the kind of space I would normally avoid. I’m over markets, especially those that...
Ranjith Kally, our unremembered reminder
Ranjith Kally, our unremembered reminder
I had forgotten how verdant Durban is: how lusciously green and warm it remains even in the winter. From the airport on the north coast, boundless...
In search of Onkgopotse Tiro’s full story
In search of Onkgopotse Tiro’s full story
There is no comprehensive monograph on the life of student activist Onkgopotse Abram Tiro. Despite Tiro being one of the progenitors of the Black...
Claudia Rankine implores us to not look away
Claudia Rankine implores us to not look away
It’s Tuesday afternoon. Already, it’s the kind of day when everything feels like it’s moving perplexingly slowly. Travelling through...
Beyond the photograph
Beyond the photograph
From the images collected on her Tumblr page Chomma, one can tell how much friendships have been a catalysing force in Jody Brand’s trajectory as...
​Regarding the white male gaze in South African photography
​Regarding the white male gaze in South African photography
How does a person place himself in the current South African discourse when he is young, white and male? As someone who ticks all three boxes, this...
Welcome to our Maputo
Welcome to our Maputo
The blazing heat and high humidity stick like a couple of lovestruck pups the moment I hit Maputo at dusk. Air-cons and fans work overtime at...
Powerfully unpacking of conditions that led to June 16
Powerfully unpacking of conditions that led to June 16
One of the first films I saw from the Encounters Film Festival’s remarkable selection of documentaries was Uprize!, director Sifiso...

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